Friday, March 16, 2018

Jason Aldean album, tour news

Having interviewed Aldean for his debut album and reviewed him live many times, I'm really looking forward to this album. Read below for the details...

Two-time reigning and current ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean has revealed the track listing behind his eighth studio album REARVIEW TOWN - produced again by Michael Knox - and due out April 13. On “Drowns the Whiskey,” he is joined by Miranda Lambert

Fans who pre-order the album at any available digital retailer will instantly receive a download of its driving title-track.

“It’s about putting things behind you...things that have held you down...and looking ahead,” said Aldean of REARVIEW TOWN’s title track. “When you look at my career and the personal experiences I’ve gone through, it really seemed like a fitting title for this record and it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded. It was important to me to pick songs that have substance to them, I’m more conscious of that these days.”

In related news, Aldean revealed the one-night-only lineup for his HIGH NOON NEON TOUR stop at the new Atlanta Braves stadium on July 21. As on other tour dates (see below for list), Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs will open. And Darius Rucker announced Hootie & the Blowfish will reunite for the night.

Fans can purchase tickets beginning next Friday, March 23rd at 10:00A ET at and

“Out of all the shows we’ve played, I know this show is going to be a career defining moment,” said Aldean at a press conference. “We haven’t had a chance to play Atlanta in a couple years in anticipation of this show and I know this night is going to mean a lot to my family and me. I’ve followed the Braves my whole life….was even at the ’95 game when they clinched the World Series…so this is a huge full circle moment for me."

Track listing:

1. Dirt to Dust
(Jaron Boyer, Ben Stennis, Michael Tyler)

2. Set It Off
(Brandon Kinney, Jody Stevens, Josh Thompson)

3. Girl Like You
(Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda, Michael Tyler

4. You Make It Easy
(Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jordan Schmidt, Morgan Wallen)

5. Gettin’ Warmed Up
(Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda, Cole Taylor)

6. Blacktop Gone
(Brett Beavers, Derric Ruttan, Josh Thompson)

7. Drowns the Whiskey (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
(Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson)

8. Rearview Town
(Kelley Lovelace, Bobby Pinson, Neil Thrasher)

9. Love Me or Don’t
(Tyler Hubbard, Jordan Schmidt, Morgan Wallen)

10. Like You Were Mine
(Kurt Allison, Jonathan Edwards, Tully Kennedy, Brian White)

11. Better at Being Who I Am
(Casey Beathard, Wendall Mobley, Neil Thrasher)

12. I’ll Wait for You
(Nick Brophy, Michael Delaney, Jennifer Hanson, Neil Thrasher) 

13. Ride All Night
(Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman, Houston Phillips)

14. Up in Smoke
(Jessi Alexander, David Lee Murphy, Chris Stevens)

15. High Noon Neon
(Tony Martin, Lee Miller, Neil Thrasher)

Tour dates:

5/10/2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/11/2018 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/12/2018 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
5/17/2018 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/18/2018 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/19/2018 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/25/2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
5/26/2018 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
5/27/2018 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/13/2018 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/14/2018 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/15/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21/2018 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
7/25/2018 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7/26/2018 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
7/27/2018 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
7/28/2018 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
8/10/2018 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/11/2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
8/17/2018 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
8/18/2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/19/2018 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
8/23/2018 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
8/24/2018 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
8/25/2018 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
9/7/2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
9/13/2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
9/14/2018 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/15/2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
9/20/2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/22/2018 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Amphitheater
9/27/2018 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
9/28/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/29/2018 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheater

In stores now: 'The Music of Nashville, Season 6, Vol. 1'

Dramatic twists unfolded throughout the front half of the final season of “Nashville,” and fans can now relive the unexpected with today’s worldwide release of THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE, SEASON 6 VOLUME 1 soundtrack (Big Machine Records, Lionsgate Television Inc., ABC Studios).

The 12-track disc is available now: and reflects the personal and artistic growth of each beloved character viewers have continued to embrace. Several cast members contribute their voices to both the recording and songwriting credits, further bridging the gap between their on-screen personas and off-screen talents.

The mid-season premiere is set for June 7 at 9:00P ET/PT on CMT. Watch a teaser of the final eight episodes here.

Since “Nashville” debuted in 2012, Big Machine Records has released 12 soundtracks as viewers created an unwavering community around the cast’s musical journey. More than one million albums and six million single track downloads have been sold with nearly 400 million streams to date.

Track Listing:

1. “Is There Anybody Out There” | Hayden Panettiere
Written by Austin Plaine, K.S. Rhodes, Garrison Starr
2. “Never Come Back Again” | Sam Palladio
Written by Austin Plaine
3. “What It’s Made For” | Lennon Stella
Written by Katie Garfield, Matthew McVaney, Connor Thuotte
4. “Ain’t No Normal” | Clare Bowen
Written by Caylee Hammack, Daniel Travis Meadows
5. “Come And Find Me” | Maisy Stella
Written by Jillian Edwards, Ben Shive
6. “I Always Will” | Hayden Panettiere
Written by Thomas Finchum, Gabe Scott, Mindy Smith
7. “Wandering Roads” | Rhiannon Giddens, Charles Esten
Written by Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell
8. “Hold On (Not Leaving You Behind)” | Rainee Blake, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
Written by Angela Lauer, Jessie Early
9. “Looking For The Light” | Charles Esten
Written by Charles Esten, Dennis Matkosky, Charlie Worsham
10. “Love Is Loud” | Rainee Blake, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
Written by David Poe
11. “Unravel” | Maisy Stella
Written by Tom Douglas, Lennon Stella, Marylynne Stella
12. “Face The Sun” | Charles Esten
Written by Ian Fitchuk, Ruston Samuel Kelly, Sarah Siskind

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame home video release due next month

On April 24, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame present the four most recent induction ceremonies with the home video release, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert. 

Never before available at retail on any format, these four live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary over the years. In many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years -- inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances.

This ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2014-2017 set – features reunions, induction speeches and over 50 performances.

Among the highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:

· Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic “E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
· Pearl Jam delivering performances of “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
· The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
· Cat Stevens performing “Father & Son.”
· Journey performs three classics: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believin’.”
· Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
· Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years on early hits including “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
· Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
· Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.

Also on April 24, Time Life will release the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Album Collection. Comprised of five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7, they will contain the same live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others.

The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.


DVD; Blu-ray

Stagecoach '18 news: Half-Pint Hootenanny Stage performers

Continuing the tradition of bringing the hottest new talent to the festival, Stagecoach 2018 has invited teen rockers Minor Emergency, singer-songwriter Julia Rizik and country-pop trio Auburn Road, to join the ranks of Half Pint Hootenanny stage alumni, Tegan Marie and Temecula Road as this year’s festival newcomers.

To kick off the 3-day festival on Friday, April 27 Coachella Valley’s Minor Emergency (Luke, 12, Zoe, 12, Brayden, 13 and Jake, 14) will take the stage. The foursome has already made a name for themselves by rocking favorite classic rock and Americana hits and playing venues alongside established popular Desert bands. 

On April 28, 17-year-old singer-songwriter Julia Rizik (pictured) will play. She was the 2014 winner of the Arizona Teen Idol singing competition and has performed multiple national anthems for sporting events. She will be performing on Good Morning Arizona on April 20, making her mark at Stagecoach 2018 and graduating from high school in May. 

Closing out the weekend on April 29, pop/country/Americana teen trio Auburn Road will display their three-part harmonies. Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown are life-long friends who are staying true to their country roots, but also daring to push the boundaries of the modern genre. They self-released their debut Fancy in their senior year of high school, graduated, and have since been busy playing shows, writing and recording songs for their upcoming EP series, Mustang Vol. 1 and Mustang Vol. 2. They are funding the upcoming releases through their touring, merchandise sales and a pre-order campaign on PledgeMusic ( 

Friday, April 27 – Minor Emergency
Saturday, April 28 Julia Rizik
Sunday, April 29 Auburn Road

Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival is a celebrated outdoor music festival presented by Goldenvoice. It was founded in 2007 by Paul Tollett, the creator of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. While it is primarily a country festival, artists from folk, bluegrass, roots rock and alternative country also perform and attend. Country stars like Luke Bryan, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, The Eagles, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Ray Price, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have been past performers. Complete festival information at

In stores now: 'Love, Simon' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The movie, as well as the soundtrack (including other songs that didn't make it to this album but are part of pivotal scenes, like The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset"), are both excellent and highly recommended. 

In conjunction with the film’s release today, the soundtrack for the 20th Century Fox film Love, Simon is available now at all digital retail providers via RCA Records. The album, which is executive produced by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff features Bleachers’ “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” as well as Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies.”

Last week, Bleachers performed “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”, which is the first single off of the soundtrack, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Click HERE to watch).

Additionally, “Love Lies” (Click HERE to watch the music video) debuted at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100; it has amassed over 87 million streams worldwide since its release.

Track Listing:

1. Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) - Bleachers
2. Rollercoaster - Bleachers
3. Never Fall In Love - Jack Antonoff & MØ
4. Strawberries & Cigarettes - Troye Sivan
5. Sink In - Amy Shark**
6. Love Lies - Khalid & Normani
7. The Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood
8. Love Me - The 1975
9. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
10. Someday At Christmas - Jackson 5
11. Wings - Haerts
12. Keeping A Secret - Bleachers*
13. Wild Heart - Bleachers
*not in film
**version not in film

About Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Click HERE to watch the movie trailer.

20th Century Fox released Love, Simon in theaters nationwide today.

To Buy or Stream Love, Simon Soundtrack:

Apple Music:
Google Play:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds concert review: Los Angeles #1

photo by Sharon Latham/courtesy, Sour Mash Records
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds played to quite an enthusiastic crowd at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday (the first of two nights). Judging from all the hollers and chants, many people in attendance were British ex-pats.

The penultimate show on the U.S. tour for Gallagher’s excellent latest album Who Built the Moon - among my top 20 of ’17 - was sold out and clocked in at around 100 minutes. It featured dazzling imagery projections amid a thoroughly satisfying 21-song set that encompassed a good chunk of the new songs, a smattering from the previous two releases, a half dozen Oasis nuggets and even a Beatles cover.

Performing on a stage with gear draped in a banned from Gallagher’s hometown football club, Manchester United, the top-notch 10-piece band included a three-man horn section and three women (variously on backing vocals, keyboards or flute).

They gave the adventurous tunes that the former Oasis guitarist/singer made with producer David Holmes (not to mention guests Johnny Marr and Paul Weller) a full-bodied sound. Longtime fans surely recognized guitarist Gem Archer, drummer Chris Sharrock and keyboardist Mike Rowe, all of whom previously accompanied Oasis on tour or in the studio at some point. 

First Who Built the Moon single "Holy Mountain," a glam rock-styled rave up, proved an early highlight. Archer impressed mightily with a tasty guitar solo during “Riverman” and elsewhere, while group harmonies elevated “Dream On.”

photo by Sharon Latham/courtesy, Sour Mash Records
Gallagher was definitely in strong form here: the robust “Little by Little,” a No. 2 UK single in 2002 for Oasis, sweetened by Rowe's sumptuous organ work, being a prime example.

At one point, the acerbic front man playfully berated a tall latecomer near the stage. He dedicated the spacey, insanely catchy rocker “She Taught Me How to Fly” to daughter Anais, apparently watching from the side of the stage (kudos to bassist/backing singer Russell Pritchard for the melodic New Order-styled basslines).

“Be Careful What You Wish For” boasted an entrancing groove; the charming “Half the World Away,” “Wonderwall” and soaring Gallagher vocals on “AKA…What a Life” all went down a storm to close the main set.

Come encore time, one of the female singers took the lead on a trippy "The Right Stuff." Gallagher ably handled the lead vocal duties originally handled by brother Liam on “Go Let it Out” with a low-key “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” He stepped away from the microphone stand to let fans do the first few choruses.

That recalled the musician’s emotional performance last September during the We Are Manchester benefit concert for victims of the May 2017 terrorist attack in England. Finally, the horn section definitely came in handy on a perfectly appropriate cover of “All You Need is Love."

New Frank Sinatra collection for kids: 'Baby Blue Eyes'

Frank Sinatra always saluted his audience with a toast: “May you live to be 100 and the last voice you hear be mine.” Envisioned as a child’s first musical library to be shared with the generations before, Tina Sinatra curated a special compilation of Sinatra recordings for children and parents alike.

Already available digitally, Frank Sinatra: Baby Blue Eyes… May The First Voice You Hear Be Mine is now confirmed for worldwide release in CD and 180-gram 2LP vinyl editions on April 6.

After combing the songs from Sinatra’s Reprise, Capitol and Sony catalogs, Tina carefully chose 20 songs for ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ that express a father’s love, compassion and dreams for children around the world. The enchanting collection features a baby photo of Frank Sinatra on its cover.

Preorder Frank Sinatra: Baby Blue Eyes… May The First Voice You Hear Be Mine on CD and 2LP vinyl, and download/stream it now:

“Dad is perhaps best remembered as a saloon singer. He often referred to himself as such,” says Tina Sinatra. “But, first, he was a Father and that emotional connection to the child in all us is ever-present in this collection of songs that I have chosen as a concert to each new generation.”

Track listing:

1. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby
2. Ain't She Sweet
3. It’s A Wonderful World
4. Isn’t She Lovely
5. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
6. Pocketful Of Miracles
7. I Believe
8. It’s Only A Paper Moon
9. High Hopes
10. Jeepers Creepers
11. Pennies From Heaven
12. How Cute Can You Be?
13. A Baby Just Like You
14. Bein’ Green
15. Hush-A-Bye-Island
16. Fairy Tale
17. Young At Heart
18. Dream
19. Put Your Dreams Away
20. Cradle Song (Brahms Lullaby)